Bunnies looking cute
Why are they so mute?
It doesn't matter
Don't need chatter...
He hopped away-- oh, shoot!
My beloved father-in-law, Paul Rupff, recently passed away at the age of 86. We visited his gravesite in Locust Valley this week for the first time since his funeral and saw the new headstone with his name on it. It was hot and humid and a dry heat was swirling in the quiet place with thunderstorms looming overhead. A few stray raindrops cooled us a bit. We smiled as we watched a friendly and hungry little "hopper" scampering around the cemetery. After the cemetery, we drove by Dad's old house, the home my husband grew up in, and saw all the changes going on there... Of course, visiting will never be the same again, and I felt an overwhelming sadness wash over me as we walked through the grocery store where we used to take Dad shopping. In the Stop N' Shop parking lot we were surprised as we looked up and saw the brilliant sky (below). The storms were passing... Thank you, Lord, for Your presence as we grieve.
The passages below were also taken from Happy Valentine's Day by Ellyn Sanna.
The heart hath its own memory, like the mind,
And in it are enshrined,
The precious keepsakes, into which is wrought
The giver's loving thought.
~ Longfellow ~
Though weary, love is not tired;
Though pressed, it is not straightened;
Though alarmed, it is not confounded.
Love securely passes through all.
~ Thomas A Kempis ~
Now may the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
...love be yours in abundance. Jude 1:2 NIV
Happiness is a sunbeam...
When it strikes a kindred heart,
like the converged lights upon a mirror,
it reflects itself with redoubled brightness.
It is not perfected until it is shared.
~ Jane Porter ~
My husband and I were recently in Bay City, MI were fortunate to see a few of the tall ships coming in for their Tall Ship Celebration... http://tallshipcelebration.com/ Apparently it's a huge event that's held every four years. We were disappointed to learn that we were leaving the morning the event started. Then were delighted the evening before we left, when one of the tall ships sailed right into the harbor where we were sitting-- and docked right in front of us!
This was the first time I’ve ever met with other Children’s Book writers/illustrators, editors, and an agent over dinner-- It was a great experience, a great evening, and a great investment! Thanks so much to Kathy and Laurie for putting it all together. The only bad thing was terror struck about 10 seconds before I introduced myself and I could hardly speak above a whisper. Ugh!
Here’s highlights of some advice I gleaned that night. You may have heard this before, but it was very helpful to me—especially coming right from the “horse’s mouth”, so to speak:
• Another writer suggested reading your story out loud to children to get their feedback. She said this helped her very much.
• “Be true to yourself.” If you like to work in a certain genre, style, or medium then do that!
• “It’s a mistake to write for the market.” Develop your writing skills, find your ‘voice’ and go from there.
• Publishers are looking for character-driven stories (among other things).
• The [first] cover sets the tone for the look of the series ~~ very important.
• Great things can come out of attending First-Page Sessions!
Photos • Poems